Students at the University of California, Los Angeles can now have pizza, coffee and groceries ferried to their dorms via six-wheeled autonomous robots.

Starship Technologies, a San Francisco-based robotic food delivery service launched in 2014 by two Skype co-founders, announced Wednesday it is adding the leafy Westwood campus to its roster of delivery locations after raising an additional $17 million in funding. The company started operating at the University of California, Irvine, last year.

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On a recent crisp winter morning outside an empty office park in the San Fernando Valley, there were no workers to be seen. That is unless one counts the cooler-sized delivery robot slowly whirring down the sidewalk as Felipe Chavez, founder and CEO of Kiwibot, nervously watched to make sure the droid did not veer of course.

Just as no one now thinks twice about seeing e-scooters that were non-existent before late 2017, the sight of a robot ferrying salads, pizza, or groceries could become common on Los Angeles sidewalks before this year is over.

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